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Draft preview: Safeties

Posted Apr 7, 2014

MIKE MAYOCK'S TOP FIVE

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
6-1, 208, Alabama

Widely considered the top safety in the 2014 draft and a surefire first round pick. ... Possesses excellent size and speed combination. ... Impressive tackler who is strong against the run. ... First-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a junior after posting 52 tackles and two interceptions. ... Led the Crimson Tide with five interceptions as a sophomore in 2012.

Calvin Pryor
5-11, 207, Louisville

Another talented safety with a first-round grade. ... Extremely physical with a reputation for big hits. ... First-team All-America Athletic Conference selection as a junior after recording 75 tackles and three interceptions. ... Became a starter seven games into true freshman season.

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Jimmie Ward
5-11, 193, Northern Illinois

Athletically gifted three-year starter who should be drafted in the early rounds. ... Posted a team-leading 77 tackles and six interceptions as a senior. ... Tallied 204 tackles during sophomore and junior seasons. ... Blocked a school-record three punts as a freshman.

Deone Bucannon
6-1, 211, Washington State

Productive four-year starter who led the Cougars in tackles three times. ... First-team All-American as a senior after leading the Pac-12 with 114 tackles and tying for first in the conference with six interceptions. ... Slated to be selected in the early rounds.

Lamarcus Joyner
5-8, 184, Florida State

Three-year starter earned first-team All-America honors as a senior. ... Started 27 consecutive games at strong safety before moving to cornerback for final season. ... His 5.5 sacks were the most by any defensive back in the country in 2013. ... Undersized but versatile enough to play several positions in defensive backfield and could be a second or third-round pick.

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Tre Boston
6-0, 204, North Carolina

Led Tar Heels with 85 tackles and four interceptions as a senior and earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. ... Has started games at cornerback and safety. ... Likely a late-round selection.

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Terrence Brooks
5-11, 198, Florida State

Top performer among safeties at the combine in the 40-yard dash (4.42) and vertical jump (38 inches). ... Two-year starter could be a second or third-round pick.